As a writer and photographer I travel between my life in Toronto, my life in Antigua, and anywhere else my wanderings may take me ... writing my books and enjoying local arts and adventures along the way.

The Nest Beach Bar

The tables were breezy and comfortable.

The setting was stunningly picturesque. A gentle sea breeze blowing through the restaurant kept it free of the flying pests that are one of the few botherations that I’ve been met with during my travels in Antigua

No Particular Place to Go

The Potworks reservoir is the largest body of fresh water in Antigua.

Since rain fell intermittently and the clouds threatened for much of the day, going to the beach looked like a tenuous plan. But we were going to go somewhere. When we got into the car I still didn’t know quite where we were headed.

The One That Didn’t Get Away

Though small, it was fresh from the sea and delicious.

Today we went fishing. For my kids it was their first time fishing in Antigua. We fished in the waters off an unnamed dock with the nearest visible landmark being a boat ferrying passengers to Jumbie bay. We began our fishing with the good omen of seeing a sea turtle just off the dock. My daughter caught the only fish of the day. It was too small to make a full meal, but more than large enough to be fun to catch. My son hooked what must have been a larger fish, but we were caught unawares and it took off with the rod. The fishing rod and reel were yanked off the pier into the water where they skipped over the water like a water skier until they sank into the depths.

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Paradise Cafe

The staff was friendly and accommodating when explaining the items on the menu to me.

In downtown St. Johns there are a number of places to eat. The Paradise Café is the epitome of a place that caters to locals. It serves local foods, chicken roti, chicken patties, fried chicken leg quarters, fried dumplings (also called bakes), and the ever present green salad. And it serves them at local prices. We got served our food very quickly by the friendly staff. Though my kids are thoroughly North American and often hesitate before tackling any food that isn’t recognizably a pizza, hamburger, or hotdog, I had no such problem at the Paradise Café. They dug into their food and I didn’t hear from them again until they were full.

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Chris on the Grill

These fish are known locally as shellfish. When roasted on the grill they are something special.

I asked one of the cooks what makes his barbecue so good. He laughed, and said “I love what I do. You can taste that in the food”

Sweet T’s

The ice cream cone on the sign promises refreshingly cold and sweet treats which they without question deliver.

Not far from Nelson’s Dockyard, we found Sweet T’s, a restaurant that a number of locals had enthusiastically referred us to.

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